For second straight year, XULA picked No. 1 in RRAC preseason coaches poll

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NEW ORLEANS — Defending champion Xavier University of Louisiana earned the No. 1 spot Monday in the Red River Athletic Conference 2022 women’s volleyball preseason coaches poll.

The Gold Nuggets received 6-of-9 first-place votes and 78 points. Our Lady of the Lake, which shared the 2021 regular-season championship with XULA, was No. 2 in the poll with three first-place votes and 75 points. Huston-Tillotson was third with 62 points.

This will be XULA’s second season in the RRAC after 40 years in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. For the past 11 years XULA won conference regular-season and tournament championships and qualified for NAIA nationals.

This is the ninth consecutive year that XULA volleyball was picked first in a conference coaches poll. That streak began in the GCAC in 2014.

XULA will open its 15th season Aug. 26 and play its home opener Sept. 3.

XULA hires Price-Spraggins as assistant coach

Xavier University of Louisiana announced Monday the hiring of one of its all-time best players, Vivica Price-Spraggins, as women’s volleyball assistant coach.

“I’m happy at the prospect of Viv moving into a coaching role,” head coach Pat Kendrick said. “I’ve watched her develop from an athlete in my first Xavier recruiting class to an enthusiastic coach. Viv knows the Xavier culture academically and athletically. She has been a part of Xavier volleyball working to become a nationally ranked program as an athlete, and I’m sure she will transfer that same passion into her coaching.”

Price-Spraggins worked the Gold Nuggets’ spring practices as a graduate assistant, but she earned the promotion after NCAA Division I Howard University hired Phil Evans, XULA’s assistant the past two seasons.

Price-Spraggins, a Chicago native, was an all-conference middle blocker four times for XULA and set school career records for hitting percentage and blocks. She was second-team All-Louisiana in her fourth season. All five XULA teams that Price-Spraggins played on won conference regular-season and tournament championships and qualified for NAIA nationals.

Price-Spraggins received her bachelor’s degree from XULA in 2021. She is pursuing from XULA a master’s in clinical mental health counseling.

Red River Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball 2022 Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Place School Points

1. XULA (6) 78
2. Our Lady of the Lake (3) 75
3. Huston-Tillotson 62
4. Southwest (N.M.) 52
5. Jarvis Christian 39
6. Louisiana Christian 37
7. Paul Quinn 26
8. Texas A&M-Texarkana 24
9. Texas College 12

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